Oakland, Richmond to Observe "Silence the Violence Day"

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Lamenting the 56 homicides that have occurred thus far this year in Oakland, the city's Ella Baker Center for Human Rights has declared next Wednesday, June 18, "Silence the Violence Day" and plans to mark it with numerous candlelight vigils.

The "flagship vigil," to be held in DeFremery Park at 6 p.m., will include live performances, speeches by victims' families, a moment of silence, and a "united call for peace," according to a memo sent by the center, which founded the Silence the Violence campaign in 2006. Vigils will be held in Richmond as well.

Also involved in the day's activities is United Playaz, a San Francisco-based youth program whose motto is "It Takes the Hood to Save the Hood."—Anneli Rufus